March 2018


College Sports
Horse Sports
Motor sports
Runs and Walks
Leagues and Classes
Motor sports
Winter sports

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El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Wichita Junior Thunder for the final home games at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2-4, at Hospitals of Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $30 balcony; $25 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $7 goal lines, $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or

Monster Jam – The Monster Truck show is 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3-4, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Celebrating 25 years of adrenaline-charged family entertainment, Monster Jam combines spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road, motorsport competition. Tickets: $15 ($50 collector’s ticket); ages 2 and older must have tickets (Ticketmaster). Information:
  New in 2018 is a Pit Party Early Access pass, which provides early entry to the Pit Party 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and the opportunity to get up close to the trucks and drivers. Regular Pit Party pass is 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the general public.

Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or
  Live racing is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through April 17. Post time for the season is 12:30 p.m. Nine races each day.
Stakes races: 
• Saturday, March 3: Mesilla Valley Speed Handicap.
• Saturday, March 10: West Texas Maturity
• Saturday, March 17: La Coneja Stakes
• Sunday, March 25: NMSU Stakes, Harry W. Henson Handicap, Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes, NM Breeders’ Oaks, NM Breeders’ Derby
• Saturday, March 31: West Texas Derby, Sunburst Stakes
  Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. daily.

Padres vs. Chihuahuas Exhibition Game — El Paso Chihuahuas will kick off their fifth season with an exhibition game against The San Diego Padres at 6:35 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Southwest University Park on Santa Fe Street in Downtown El Paso. Ticket information: 533-BASE or
  The Chihuahuas 2018 Fifth Season Celebration kicks off on Thursday, April 5 in Las Vegas with the home opener slated for Tuesday, April 10.

Southwest Brawl 7 — The American Fight League presents professional and amateur mixed martial arts fighters 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University, featuring Randy McCarty, Andy Varela, Andre Herrera, Rick Maynez, and other local fighters. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30; available at Information:

College Sports

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $8-$28. Information: 747-5234 or
• Thursday, March 1: FIU, 7 p.m.
• Saturday, March 3: WKU, 1 p.m.

UTEP Tennis — UTEP’s home tennis matches are at El Paso Tennis Club, 2510 N. St. Vrain (in Arroyo Park). Admission is free. Information: 747-5347 or
• Friday, March 2: University of Wyoming. 2 p.m.
• Sunday, March 4: UT Arlington. 10 a.m.
• Friday, March 30: Angelo State University. Noon
• Saturday, March 31: University of New Mexico. Noon

UTEP Softball — The Miners softball team’s home games are at UTEP’s Helen of Troy Complex. Ticket information: 747-6065 or
March 17-18: UAB. Game times are 2 p.m. Saturday (doubleheader) and noon Sunday.
March 30-31: UTSA. Game times are 2 p.m. Friday (doubleheader) and noon Saturday.

Springtime Track Invitational — The annual UTEP spring field and track meet is all day Saturday, March 24, at Kidd Field. The event features men’s and women’s college teams as well as the top qualifying high school athletes from the region. Information: 747-5812 or

Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso Community College plays home games at the Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field, off Hunter. Games begin at noon Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or
March 9-10: New Mexico Military Institute
March 30-31: Clarendon College

Tejanas softball - The EPCC Tejanas’ home games are at the Valle Verde Softball Field. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or Softball office: 831-2367.
  Regular game time is 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday, unless otherwise listed. All games are doubleheaders.
March 16-17: Western Texas College
March 30-31: Midland College

NMSU Women’s Basketball — The final home game is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, vs. UT Rio Grande Valley at Pan Am Center in Las Cruces. Ticket information: (575) 646-1447 or

NMSU Men’s Baseball — The Aggies’ home games are at Presley Askew Complex, Locust and Stewart, Las Cruces. Tickets: $5-$10 (Ticketmaster): (575) 646-4126 or
March 2-4: Harvard. Game time is 4:05 p.m. Friday, and 12:05 p.m. Saturday (double header) and Sunday.
March 16-18: University of Maine at 4:05 p.m. Friday, and 12:05 p.m. Saturday (double header) and Sunday.
March 23-25: Seattle University at 6:05 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday and 12:05 p.m. Sunday.
• 6:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 27: Texas Tech
March 29-31: Sacramento State at 6:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 12:05 p.m. Saturday.

NMSU Women’s Softball — Home games at New Mexico State Softball Complex, Locust and Stewart, Las Cruces. Tickets: $5 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 646-4126 or
• Friday and Saturday, March 16-17: Minnesota, 6 p.m. Friday and doubleheader at 4 p.m. Saturday.
• Tuesday, March 27, UTEP doubleheader, 4 p.m.
• Tuesday, April 3: New Mexico, 5:30 p.m.


El Paso Motorplex
— The drag strip at 16400 Gateway West (east of El Paso at I-10 off Clint exit #42), opens for its season Friday, March 2. Gates open at 7 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m. every Friday. Spectator admission: $5. Car entry: $20. Information: 525-9645 or on Facebook at El Paso Motorplex.

El Paso Senior Games — City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department’s 36th annual games for those age 50 and older run through May 19 at various locations, Sponsored by United Healthcare, UTEP and Urgent Care Home Heath Inc. All participants have a chance to qualify for the Texas State Senior Games. Registration: $15 for 2 events and t-shirt, plus $5 for each additional event; $45 for all events. Includes t-shirt. Information, registration: 503-6544 or
• Pickle Ball is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 3, Nolan Richardson Recreation Center, 4435 Maxwell.
• Horseshoes are 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, Eastside Senior Center, 3200 Fierro.
• Volleyball is 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Marty Robbins Rec. Center, 11620 Vista Del Sol ($45 team fee).
• Swimming is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Memorial Aquatic Center, 3251 Copper.
• Golf is 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Ascarate Park Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Some additional on-site fees.

UTEP Cheerleading Competition — The 10th annual UTEP Cheerleading Championships are 10 a.m. Sunday, March 4, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $8 (Ticketmaster). Information: 241-4676, or on Facebook at UTEP Cheer.

Tony Hawk skateboarding exhibition and competition — Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk hosts an exhibition at noon Saturday, March 24, at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Pueblo Rd. with other guest pro-skaters. Skating competition at 11 a.m. (registration begins at 10 a.m.) All ages event. Admission is free. Information: 860-7777 or

Senior Softball Championships — The Texas State Championships for Senior Softball USA are Wednesdays through Sunday, April 4-8, at the El Paso County Sports Complex, 1780 Zaragoza. Sponsored by El Paso Sports Commission. Winner qualify for the Tournament of Championships in November in Fort Myers, Fla. Information, schedule:


Coyote Classic XC Mountain Bike Race
— The annual race, starting the New Mexico Off Road Series, is 8 a.m. Sunday, March 25, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Round House (Bowen Ranch), off Martin Luther King Jr. Categories for expert, sport, beginner and single speed. All racers must have a USAC License: day license available for $10. Registration starts at $35 through March 18; $45 starting March 19; $15 juniors 18 and younger. No race day registration for adult race. Gate fee at Round House is $5. Information: 544-2453 or on Facebook at The Coyote Classic.
  Packet pickup is 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Bicycle Company, 3443 N. Mesa, Suite A.

El Paso Bicycle Club — All rides are free and open to the public; helmets required. Information: Ride schedule at Repeat riders are encouraged to become a member of the club; dues are $18 a year or $25 per family ($30/$40 for two years). Join at
  Wednesday night rides, a tradition for over 20 years, are leaderless rides of 18-22 miles, beginning March 14. The favorite route is a 20-mile loop to Gadsden H.S. Most riders begin about 5:15-5:30 p.m. leaving from Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Rd (at Artcraft). Park on dirt shoulder across from shopping center.
  Optional dinner afterward at Hello Pizza, 1071 Country Club Rd.

EP Cyclists — The bicycle group offers rides for all levels. Weekend rides offer options of various paces and distances. Starting times and locations are posted at For more information: Manny Valadez, 861-2311 or

Ride Your Bicycle El Paso — Chuck's Bicycle Repair, 2625 Missouri, hosts Tuesday night rides at 7 p.m. Lights and helmets required. Information: 791-2006, or Facebook.


Girls Golf — First Tee of Greater El Paso’s next LPGA/USGA golf event for girls is 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Ascarate Golf Course, 6900 Delta. Participation is free. Information: Registration:
  LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is a developmental junior golf program for ages 7-17.

St. Raphael Golf Tournament — The tournament benefiting youth sports at St. Raphael is 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Butterfield Trail Golf Course. Four-person scramble. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Cost: $125 ($500 team of four). Information: 772-1038 or

Horse Sports

Recreational Sports

Doña Ana Senior Olympics — The Doña Ana Senior Olympic Games run March 5-April 28, throughout the Las Cruces area, for ages 50 and older. Athletes will need to pre-register for their individual sports at least two weeks before each qualifying tournament.
  The games are the preliminaries for the New Mexico Senior Olympic Games July 18-22 in Albuquerque. Information: (575) 649-3167 or Full registration contact list at
• 8-Ball Pool is 10 a.m. Monday, March 5 for women, and Tuesday, March 6, for men at the Munson Center.
• Swimming is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at the NMSU Pool.
• Horseshoes are 9 a.m. Monday, March 12, at Meerscheidt Center.
• Bowling is 1 p.m. Monday, March 12, for teams, Tuesday, March 13, for singles, and Thursday, March 15, for doubles at White Sands Bowling Lanes.
• Table tennis is noon Friday, March 16, at Frank O’Brien Papen Center.
• Racquetball is 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Stay Fit Fitness.
• Golf is 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Picacho Hills Golf Course.
• Pickleball is 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 2, at Meerscheidt Center.
• Field events begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at NMSU.

Kids’ Fishing Tournament — Ascarate Fishing Club hosts the tournament for ages 3-16 starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Prizes awarded in three age categories. The first 200 children get t-shirts. Information: 478-0406 or on Facebook at officialascaratefishingclub.

Greater El Paso Tennis Association — Information on upcoming leagues and tournaments at or Facebook at GEPTA. Information: or 532-5524. Tournament registration
  Adult tournaments:
• El Paso Tennis Club Spring NTRP is Wednesday through Sunday, March 14-18, at the Tennis Club, 2510 N. Saint Vrain. Adult NTRP tournament with doubles & Singles.
  10 & Under Slam Series and Junior Super Sets:
• All England 10 & Under and Junior Super Set is Tuesday, April l7, at Tennis West Sports and Racquet Club, 1 Tennis West Lane.
• Star Spangled Banner 10 & Under and Juniors Super Set is Saturday, May 5, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place.

50 Plus Walking Program — City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation offers its “0-60 in 12 weeks” program designed to improve cardiovascular health and stamina with self-paced walks for ages 50 and older, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at, Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. Every fourth week is a “field trip walk” at another location. Session runs through March 30. Fee: $12 per month per walker; includes tracking progress for 12 weeks of program. Information: (575) 541-2455.
  Registration ongoing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center.

Archery classes for beginners — The Archers of El Paso Club hosts two-hour supervised shooting classes 9 to 11 a.m. every Saturday at the Archers of El Paso Range, in Northeast El Paso off Martin Luther King at Stan Roberts. Bows and arrows provided for the seminar. Youth and adults age 7 and older welcome; parents must be present for kids age 16 and younger. Reservations required; limited number of spaces available each month. Cost: $20. Information, reservations: Ricardo Urias, 487-8199 or (specify name, phone number, age, right or left handed).

Wednesday Night Trap Shooting League — El Paso Skeet and Trap Club, 9817 Alameda El Paso host a weekly trap shooting league at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Non-members are welcome to participate. Cost: $12. Information: 494-6665 or

Motor Sports

Running events

Brain Injury Support Group 5K — El Paso Brain Injury Support Group’s 7th annual 5K run and 1-mile walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Mentis El Paso, 4360 Doniphan, finishing up at El Paso Botanical Garden at Keystone Heritage Park. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $25; $30 day of race; $20 per person for teams of 10 or more. ($2 gate fee for park) Information:

4K Chorus Run to Carnegie Hall — The run helping to send Hornedo Choir students to Carnegie Hall is 8 a.m. Sunday, March 4, at Hornedo Middle School, 6101 High Ridge. Cost: $20; $25 on race day. Registration at
  Packet pick up is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3. at Up and Running / 3233 N. Mesa, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

‘Cactus Clocks’ trail run — Bluebird Running hosts the 12-mile nighttime trail running event at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, starting at Chuck Heinrich Memorial Park, 11055 Loma Del Norte. Registration: $1 through Information on Facebook and

St. Patrick’s Shamrock 5K — St. Patrick’s A.C.T.S. host the competitive 5K run and 1-mile walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1118 N. Mesa. Registration: $20 ages 15 and older; $15 ages 10 to 14; free for age 9 and younger. Discount of teams of 10 or more. Online registration at
  Packet pickup is noon to 5 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.

Father Yermo Spartan Run — The 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk is Saturday, March 24, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Proceeds benefit the Father Yermo Schools Capital Campaign. Cost: $25 in advance; $30 on race day. $2 park entrance fee per car. Registration:
  Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Father Yermo School, 220 Washington, and 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the start line on race day.

Javier Arana Jr. Memorial — The 5th annual Fallen Trooper 5K run and 1-mile walk is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Registration: $20 ($15 kids). Bag pickup begins at 12:45 p.m. No race day registration; $2 vehicle fee for Ascarate Park. Registration:

Chili Pepper Series — The 4-day series offers five events each day is Wednesday through Saturday, March 21-24, at La Llorona Park, 3440 W. Picacho, Las Cruces. Each day includes a 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon and 50K run beginning at 7 a.m. Walkers welcome. The courses are multiple laps with one central food/aid station. Entry fee: 5k: $30 by March 15 $40 after; 10K: $40/$50; Half Marathon: $110/$130; Marathon: $130/$150; 50K: $140/$160. Information, registration:
  Optional early start at 6 a.m. (bring flashlight). Race day packet pickup/registration begins at 5:30 a.m.

Bataan Memorial Death March — The 29th annual marathon-length (26.2 miles) march is 7 a.m. Sunday, March 25, starting at 1318 Aerobee at the White Sands Missile Range to honor U.S. and Filipino troops captured by the Japanese in WWII. Marchers should arrive at 5 a.m.; opening ceremony begins at 6:35 a.m. A 14.2-mile honorary march also offered.
  The 26.2-mile memorial march route starts on the White Sands main post, crosses hilly desert terrain, circles a small mountain and returns to the main post through sandy desert trails and washes. Elevation ranges from about 4,100 to 5,300 feet.
  Registration is $95 individuals ($450 teams) through Dec. 31; $110 ($500 teams) Jan. 1-Feb. 11; $125 ($600 teams) Feb. 12-March 4. No late or on-site registration accepted. Information: (575) 678-4654, (575) 678-1134,, Online registration at
  On April 9, 1942, tens of thousands of soldiers surrendered to invading Japanese forces. Their captors marched them more than 60 miles through treacherous jungle and into captivity. Thousands died along the way, and those who survived faced years as prisoners of war.

Hope Brings Change 5K — The 2nd annual 5K run walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at Hope City Church, 6115 Woodrow Bean. Registration: $20; $15 military, child 12 and younger; per person groups 5 or more; $25 everyone after March 30. Information: 600-6251 ext. 107 or Online registration at
  Packet pickup and registration is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the church or 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on race day.

JackRabbit Classic — The 18th annual trail race is 8 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at Franklin Mountains State Park’s Tom Mays Unit. Four and 8-mile trail options available. Registration: $25 through April 5; $30 April 6-7; no race day registration. Information: or Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration:
  Packet pick up is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa.

Run Together 5K — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation hosts its 2nd annual ”Colors of Cancer-Our Colors Run Together” 5K competitive run and non-competitive run/walk Sunday, April 8, at Cohen Stadium.
  Registration at 7 a.m. with events beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $30 non-competitive event ($35 race day); $35/$40 for the competitive; $15/$20 non-competitive children’s event. Information: 562-7660 or Registration at
  Participants are encouraged to wear a color associated with the ribbon color supporting the cancer. All the money raised from the 5K Run/Walk will stay in El Paso and will be administered through the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, the community’s local resource for cancer.

‘Mighty Mujer’ Triathlon — The all-female “sprint” and “super sprint” events benefiting the Center Against Family Violence begin 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Memorial Park Pool, 3251 Copper. Two distances offered this year: 300-yard swim/18-mile bike/3-mile run; or 300-yard swim/9.3-mile bike/2-mile run. Cost for either distance: $100 Feb. 1-March 31; $110 April 1-21. Information: Race El Paso at 229-5656 or Online registration at
  Teams of 2, 3 or 4 women can compete against others in three separate categories: mother/daughter; family; girlfriends (must indicate category and team name at time of registration). Participants must be 12 or older. USAT rules apply.

Running clubs:
• Run El Paso has training runs every day of the week from Kern Place to the Upper Valley. Information:
• Coffee Posse Run Club is based on the East Side. Information:
• Race El Paso offers coaching programs and training groups. Information:
  Hash clubs combine trail running with social (i.e. beer-drinking) activities. Runs are marked with chalk, and are open to runners of all levels. Clubs have modest dues, and first run is free to newcomers.
• The Border Jumper Hash House Harriers meet at various locations. Information:
• The El Paso Hash House Harriers have one or more runs a week. Information: 252-5646. Meet-up spots listed at

Winter sports

Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and snowboarding area is open for its 52nd season with 11 lifts and 55 trails on the slopes of Sierra Blanca, with a base elevation of 9,600.
  The 24-hour Ski Apache Snow Report number is (575) 257-9011. Information: (575) 464-3600 or
  Lifts are open from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on weather conditions. All-day lift tickets are $74 ($67 age 60-69; $65 age 13-17; $54 age 6-12; $63 military and $49 for military child; free for ages 70 and older and age 5 and younger. (Prices slightly higher on peak days). Season passes: $305-$700. Call or check website or multiple-day or half-day skiing prices.
  Gondola Rides are $18 ($12 age 6-12; $6 age 60-69; free for five and younger)
  Rental packages available.
  The Ski Apache Wind Rider is an hour-long zip-line adventure that begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Reservations required; call for cost.
  Ski Apache is 130 miles from El Paso, and the drive takes about 3 hours. From Alamogordo, take U.S. 70/54 north to Tularosa, then follow U.S. 70 east to Ruidoso. Turn left on NM 48 and go six miles north. Take NM 532 to the ski area — it’s a slow, winding 12-mile climb.

Ski Cloudcroft — The southernmost ski area in the United States is two miles east of Cloudcroft on U.S. 82, has 26 trails with two ski lifts, plus a tubing lift, at elevations of 8,350 to 9,050 feet. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information, snow conditions: (575) 682-2333, or on Facebook.
  Lift tickets: $45 ($35 age 12 and younger for full day; $35 ($25 age 12 and younger) for half day 1 to 4 p.m. Ski, and snowboard rentals available, and beginner ski school packages offered.
  Tubing available for $20 per day; $18 half day (weekends only).

Ruidoso Winter Park — The snow play area at 1200 Ski Run Road in Alto, N.M. features giant tubes, a kidz korral, family zip line and other activities during the winter months. Hours are 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. designated nights). Tickets: $25 ($20 age 8-17; $10 age 7 and younger); include use of tubes; military discounts, night discounts, and group rates on selected days. Additional fee for zip lines. Dates and times subject to change. Information: (575) 336-7079 or

Cloudcroft Ice Rink — The ice rink at 751 James Canyon (Hwy 82), across from Cloudcroft High School, in Cloudcroft, N.M. is frozen over mid-December through early March, weather permitting. Usual hours are 3:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Tubing, hot chocolate and bonfires also featured. Information/hours: (575) 682-4585 or (915) 449-1200 or on Facebook at Cloudcroft Ice Rink.

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